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SolarCity: another victim of GW-production entry self-delusion?
19 Oct 2016 at 2:51pm
Chapter and verse could be written about companies in the solar industry that had bitten off more than they could chew, when it comes to solar cell or panel manufacturing.

Significant PV project deadline extensions in India’s Uttarakhand
26 Oct 2016 at 11:33am
Delays in solar PPA signing combined with a petition from developers has led to significant project commissioning deadline extensions in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, according to consultancy firm Mercom Capital Group.

Spain’s ‘Sun Tax’ could be scrapped as new government takes charge
26 Oct 2016 at 10:16am
Spain’s new minority government is set to herald a new wave of gigawatt-scale renewable tenders and its lack of majority may even lead to the lifting of a controversial ‘Sun Tax’ on solar self-consumption.

D.E. Shaw bids to replace SunEdison as TerraForm Power sponsor
26 Oct 2016 at 10:13am
D.E. Shaw has bid to replace SunEdison as the operating sponsor of TerraForm Power, according to a regulatory filing on 21 October.

Dominion Virginia Power constructing 56MW of PV projects
26 Oct 2016 at 1:45am
Dominion Virginia Power is set to add some major assets to its PV pipeline, as the company is currently constructing three large-scale solar projects in the Virginia counties of Isle of Wight, Louisa and Powhatan.

Arkansas net metering in firing line as PSC reviews
25 Oct 2016 at 5:14pm
Net metering is suspended in the lurch as it currently awaits review by the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC).

Solar advocates get vocal and utilities stay silent as early voting begins on Florida’s Amendment 1
25 Oct 2016 at 4:20pm
Amidst radio silence from Florida’s utilities, solar advocates have rallied against utility-backed Amendment 1 that seeks to prohibit third party solar ownership as advance voting begins.

Array Technologies tops US market with 6GW of tracker shipments
25 Oct 2016 at 3:00pm
Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI) has shipped 6GW of solar trackers globally, topping the US market in terms of overall vendor shipments.

Mercom: Energy storage VC funding cools as project funding heats up in Q3
25 Oct 2016 at 1:46pm
The participation of venture capital (VC) investors seems to have cooled, while project funding has conversely seen a sharp rise, in the latest quarterly report into funding and mergers and acquisitions from Mercom Capital.

E.ON partners with meteocontrol for remote PV system maintenance
25 Oct 2016 at 1:37pm
Munich-headquartered E.ON has partnered with fellow German energy firm metecontrol to launch a control console that allows for the remote monitoring and operation of PV systems.

India’s green bond market surges in 2016 – CBI
25 Oct 2016 at 1:21pm
India’s green bond market took off this year becoming the seventh largest labelled green bond issuer with US$2.7 billion issued as of 12 October, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI).

Hawaii’s largest solar farm nears completion
25 Oct 2016 at 1:17pm
Hawaii’s largest solar farm, the 27.6MW Waianae Solar Project, is on track to reach commercial operation by 15 December, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) has said.

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Scatec Solar announces solid Q3 operational results, historical high solar power production
26 Oct 2016 at 12:03pm
The independent solar power producer Scatec Solar ASA (Oslo, Norway) on October 25th, 2016 announced that Q3 consolidated revenues reached NOK 281 million (approx. USD 34 million), up from NOK 202 million (approx. USD 24.5 million) in the same period last year and up from NOK 213 million (approx. USD 25.8 million) in the previous quarter. EBITDA reached NOK 222 million (approx. USD 26.9 million), up from NOK 159 million last year and up from NOK 153 million in the previous quarter.

Europe regains ground in EY’s renewable energy investment attractiveness index
26 Oct 2016 at 11:41am
The latest bi-annual EY (London, UK) Renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI) sees European countries regaining ground after falling down the ranking to emerging markets in May 2016. In the index top 10, France moved up one position to 7th as a result of the country's plan to tender for 3 GW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity over the next three years. Construction of a factory to produce solar PV panels to pave 1,000 km of road work is also currently underway in the country.

Array Technologies leads U.S. solar tracker market; 6 GW of tracking systems shipped globally
26 Oct 2016 at 11:27am
Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI, Albuquerque, NM, U.S.), manufacturer of solar tracking solutions, on October 25th, 2016 announced it has shipped six GW of solar trackers globally. The news comes on the heels of GTM Research's report “The Global PV Tracker Landscape 2016: Prices, Forecasts, Market Shares and Vendor Profiles”, according to which ATI is the nation's market share leader in solar tracker manufacturing based on MW volume of tracker shipments.

camLine wins manufacturing software bid for CTF Solar’s CdTe PV production facility in Chengdu, China
26 Oct 2016 at 11:17am
camLine (Dresden, Germany) has signed its second deal with China National Building Materials (CNBM) to deliver its InFrame Synapse MES solution. This time the InFrame Synapse MES will be supporting production of CNBM’s own CdTe thin-film PV modules in the CTF Solar factory in Sichuan province (China).

Natcore Technology to serve as technical advisor for 1,000 MW solar PV facility in Middle East
26 Oct 2016 at 8:24am
Natcore Technology Inc. (Rochester, NY, U.S.) on October 25th, 2016 announced a Memorandum of Understanding with a Malta-based developer of international renewable energy projects under which Natcore would serve as the science and technology advisor for a large vertically-integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the Middle East. According to Natcore, the 1,000 MW project would comprise a solar array consisting of 100 individual solar power plants, each with a capacity of at least 10 MW, a manufacturing facility for the production of PV modules; and a facility for the manufacturing of solar cells.

Panasonic begins discussions on collaboration with Tesla Motors in solar cell and PV module production
26 Oct 2016 at 8:17am
Panasonic Corporation (Osaka, Japan) announced it begins discussions on collaboration with Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, California, U.S.) in solar photovoltaic (PV) cell and module production. On October 17th, 2016 Panasonic has signed a non-binding letter of intent with Tesla to discuss about possible collaboration on the production of solar cells and PV modules for the North American market at a factory in Buffalo, New York, under the umbrella of Tesla.

Tata Power signs PPA for 100 MW PV project at Anantapuram solar park, Andhra Pradesh
25 Oct 2016 at 2:39pm
Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited (TPREL, Mumbai, India) on October 25th, 2016 announced the signing of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for a 100 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project at Anantapuram solar park in Andhra Pradesh with the Solar Corporation of India (SECI).w

Invenergy announces 700 MW wind and solar PV project for Long Island
25 Oct 2016 at 2:53pm
Invenergy LLC (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.), an independent developer of renewable energy projects, on October 24th, 2016 announced the largest renewable project ever proposed for Long Island. The project, Clean Energy Link, consists of four new wind and two new solar photovoltaic (PV) farms located within the 12-state PJM regional power market, with a combined capacity exceeding 700 megawatts.

Off-grid solar-plus-storage: Fronius and Victron Energy optimise photovoltaic system for Spanish cereal producer
25 Oct 2016 at 2:37pm
Fronius International (Wels, Austria) and Victron Energy (Almere Haven, The Netherlands) have put their successful partnership to the proof once again with a new project involving Spanish cereal producer CETOSA - Cereals Torremorell S.A. Three Fronius solar PV inverters have been installed alongside six inverter chargers and four charge controllers from Victron Energy, to ensure a continuous and uninterrupted off-grid power supply.

IEA raises its five-year renewable growth forecast as 2015 marks record year
25 Oct 2016 at 1:00pm
The International Energy Agency (IEA, Paris, France) on October 25th, 2016 announced that it was significantly increasing its five-year growth forecast for renewables thanks to strong policy support in key countries and sharp cost reductions. The latest edition of the IEA’s Medium-Term Renewable Market Report now sees renewables growing 13% more between 2015 and 2021 than it did in last year’s forecast, due mostly to stronger policy backing in the United States, China, India and Mexico.

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